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Alison Weir
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Feb. 6 1996
A reference guide including complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain, from 800 AD to Princess Eugenie of York and Columbus Taylor. The bibliographic data relates not only to every monarch, but to their families and greater families. Drawing on countless authorities both ancient and modern, this book explores the royal family tree in unprecedented depth, presenting many obscure facts in their dynastic context.

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4.0 out of 5 stars No-frills geneology Aug. 10 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I bought this book before it was even available in the States, and had it shipped from England. Wier has written a comprehensive geneology of the British royal family, dating back to the 8th century. There's short biographical data about most of the people, and some of them are very interesting. It's not a good book to get if you're interested in biographies of these famillies... there's not really enough information about that. But it's a great book to get if you're interested in British history and want basic facts about the history of the monarchy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy reference work Aug. 9 2001
Format:Hardcover
This volume does not pretend to represent original research in primary resources, but is a convenient compilation incorporating information from many alternative sources. Most published lineages on the British monarchy are interested primarily in the line of succession, which usually has been male. Descendants of female royals generally get short shrift, but Weir provides at least basic information on all children and grandchildren of each sovereign, together with their spouses. This makes connections to other highly placed English and Continental families and to the royalty of other countries much easier to follow. Coverage is from Egbert in the late eighth century to the present day -- including Scotland -- and the index is very well done (and necessary). An eleven-page bibliography leads the reader to a large number of other secondary works. The only thing missing here is footnotes citing sources -- but the reader should rely on the _Complete Peerage_ for that and use Weir as a ready reference tool only. A very useful addition to one's bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Britain's Royal Families July 13 2012
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This book is a great resource for checking out the family lines. As a person who is interested in the lineages (and the genetics that tie in as a result of certain practices through the centuries) this book has turned into a wonderful resource for the classroom too. Also rather interesting to trace the families back while watching movies such as "The King's Speech". I wanted to know more about the dowager queen; I was quickly able to research her in this book. Awesome!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very handy reference work Aug. 9 2001
By Michael K. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This volume does not pretend to represent original research in primary resources, but is a convenient compilation incorporating information from many alternative sources. Most published lineages on the British monarchy are interested primarily in the line of succession, which usually has been male. Descendants of female royals generally get short shrift, but Weir provides at least basic information on all children and grandchildren of each sovereign, together with their spouses. This makes connections to other highly placed English and Continental families and to the royalty of other countries much easier to follow. Coverage is from Egbert in the late eighth century to the present day -- including Scotland -- and the index is very well done (and necessary). An eleven-page bibliography leads the reader to a large number of other secondary works. The only thing missing here is footnotes citing sources -- but the reader should rely on the _Complete Peerage_ for that and use Weir as a ready reference tool only. A very useful addition to one's bookshelf.
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Want to know Britain's rulers? Here's the shortcut resource! March 3 2010
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Alison Weir is renowned for her historical fiction and her historical works. One of the problems I have when perusing her works is keeping the players straight. Who was related to whom? Who were the children (legitimate and illegitimate) of kings and lords? In this work, Weir provides us with a resource that can be consulted while reading works on Britain's rulers over time--and keeps the players a little straighter!

Weir notes at the outset (Page 3): "This handbook is about the monarchy, and it begins with the first ruler who properly may be accorded the title of monarch, Egbert of Wessex." For each ruler, one to three or so pages suffices. We learn details of the family (mother and father), siblings, wife/husband/lover, children (legitimate and not so), and death details. The work begins, unsurprisingly, with Egbert. Other early rulers--Alfred (born in 846-849), Canute (born 995), Harold II (overthrown by the Normans, ending the Saxon reign), William the Conqueror (born in 1008 and beginning the Norman Dynasty). The Norman dynasty included Henry I.

Then he Plantagenet line, beginning with Henry II in 1154. The line ended with Richard III, in the battle at Bosworth in 1485. Among the monarchs in this line--Richard I (the Lion heart), Edward I (Longshanks), Edward III (and note John of Gaunt, one of his sons, and his role in the line of monarchs), Richard II, Edward IV. Then, after this lineage came the Tudors, beginning with Henry VII and ending with Elizabeth I. After that? The book runs through the different families--Stuarts, House of Hanover, House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha morphed into Windsor, with Elizabeth II being the latest monarch.

All in all, a useful resource, helping to keep the players straight in English/British history.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No-frills geneology Aug. 10 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book before it was even available in the States, and had it shipped from England. Wier has written a comprehensive geneology of the British royal family, dating back to the 8th century. There's short biographical data about most of the people, and some of them are very interesting. It's not a good book to get if you're interested in biographies of these famillies... there's not really enough information about that. But it's a great book to get if you're interested in British history and want basic facts about the history of the monarchy.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Impossible on Kindle! Oct. 9 2011
By Deborah A. Wedick-Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a treasure trove of information but is not usable in the Kindle format.Many entries are cut off or incomplete and cross referencing is impossible. After purchasing via Kindle, I have purchased a reference copy.
Info 5 stars....Kindle version 0.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Excellent, Concise History of British Royalty Feb. 23 2011
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Alison Weir does it again! With this compact volume, a reader can trace the British royal family from its earliest times to the present. Weir is an excellent author, and I have read a number of her books. This book is a good desk reference companion while one reads any type of English History. I highly recommend this book for English History fans!
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